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March 1973

Jaeger's Atlas of Diseases of the Ocular Fundus.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;89(3):261. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000040263025

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From a historical standpoint, there is nothing more interesting to an ophthalmologist than the opportunity to review the many fundus paintings made so painstakingly by Eduard von Jaeger. This work was begun within a year or two of the discovery of the ophthalmoscope by Helmholtz in 1850. In 1854, Jaeger published his first drawings but not until 1869 did he publish his work generally referred to as Jaeger's atlas, which contained 128 figures including 29 color plates. With the revised edition edited by Salzmann in 1890, the atlas remained the most important source of teaching and reference material of fundus pathology into the 20th century.

Dr. Albert has given a most interesting resumé of the individuals important in the discovery of the ophthalmoscope and the development of its use in clinical ophthalmology. Moreover, he has done an excellent job of describing and discussing the conditions shown in the 136 color

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